Gum surgery is performed to graft gum tissue onto areas where the gums suffer from gum disease. Gum surgery is also performed to remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the natural tooth surface and improve the smile. This treatment may also be needed for other types of restorative treatments.
A gum graft is a surgical procedure that takes a small piece of the gum tissue from another area of the mouth or tissue bank and transplants it to another area. The transplanted gum tissue will replace gum tissue that has receded from the tooth surface. In some cases, severe gum recession can cause the lower tooth to become exposed. Severe gum disease can cause bacteria and increase the risk of continued disease and tooth loss. Gum grafting treatment has both medical and cosmetic benefits. Gum grafting can help prevent the progression of gum disease. This treatment can also reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the appearance of the smile.
Candidates for gum surgery may suffer from gum disease. Patients may experience symptoms such as tooth pain, gum tenderness, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Other symptoms include loose teeth, longer looking teeth, and an uneven gum line. Patients interested in the treatment can visit Dr. Baradaran for a consultation appointment. Patients will undergo a gum disease evaluation to identify any signs of gum disease. Based on the exam, the dentist will determine if a gum graft treatment is needed. Patients may ask any questions or concerns during this consultation appointment. Following the consultation, the dentist will create a gun graft treatment plan for the patient based on their needs.
Before the treatment, the dentist will thoroughly clean the teeth to prepare for the gum graft placement. Gum graft surgery is performed under a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. The dentist will begin the treatment by gathering the tissue for the gum graft procedure. The dentist will make an incision on another area of the mouth or tissue bank to prepare the gum graft. The gum graft tissue is most commonly taken from the roof of the mouth. The gum tissue will then be carefully attached to the area of concern.
Following the treatment, patients may experience minor discomfort. Patients should not brush or floss around the treated gum line until directed by the dentist. The dentist may prescribe a special mouthwash to control plaque and antibiotics to help reduce any risk of infection. The dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the patient’s healing process.
Dr. Baradaran is dedicated to educating patients on proper oral care. Healthy gums create a solid foundation for teeth and oral health. It is crucial for patients to schedule routine dental visits every six months to catch early signs of gum disease. Patients can maintain healthy gums through proper brushing and flossing.
Symptoms of gum disease are red or swollen gums, tender gums, bleeding, loose teeth, sensitivity, bad breath, and receding gums.
Patients can avoid gum disease by brushing teeth twice a day, regular flossing, regular teeth cleanings, and no smoking.
As the leading Beverly Hills periodontist, Dr. Baradaran is constantly researching new and innovative treatments and techniques to remain at the forefront of periodontal care.